Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly said India tour of West Indies wasn’t poorly timed © AFP

Kolkata: Jul 6, 2013
 
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly doesn’t believe that the squad for ICC World Cup 2015 has been formed.
 
Speaking to Hindustan Times, he said, “Nobody expected after the 2011 World Cup that Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir wouldn’t find a place in this team. And that’s why I say before passing a judgment on this team; give it six months to a year. The players you mentioned should fancy their chances at the next World Cup as much as those who are now in the team.”
 
Ganguly further went on to say the tour of West Indies wasn’t poorly timed.
 
“It’s about picking yourself up for every game. They came after such a hard-fought Indian Premier League (IPL)  to play the Champions Trophy and won. They haven’t been able to do that so far in the West Indies but that happens in sport, you will not win every game you play.”
 
The 40-year-old also said there was no reason to stop IPL because of spot-fixing allegations.
 
“Three players even if they are proved guilty can’t ruin such a massive tournament. You have to give credit to the Indian board for creating something like this, one that also pays the players so well.”
 
About playing Ranji Trophy matches on neutral venues, Ganguly said, “It’s a good thing because you can’t tamper pitches at neutral venues.”